Meaning of STITCH in English


I. ˈstich noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English stiche, from Old English stice stab, puncture, stitch in the side; akin to Old High German stih sting, pricking, Gothic stiks moment, Old High German stehhan to prick — more at stick

1. : a local sharp and sudden pain in the side (as in pleurodynia)

2. : a single complete in-and-out movement of a threaded needle in sewing, embroidering, or suturing



(1) : a portion of thread left in the material after making one in-and-out movement with a threaded needle in hand sewing

(2) : one of the separate lengths of thread, wire, or other material used to hold skin or flesh (as the edges of a wound or incision) during healing

(3) : the interlocked section of the threads from needle and shuttle resulting from a single complete motion of the needle through the fabric in machine sewing

b. : the interlacing thread that joins the face and back of a double fabric in weaving

c. : a staple formed by a wire-stitching machine from a coil of wire (as for fastening pamphlets, cartons, novelties)

a wire stitcher that applies stitches as fast as 300 a minute

4. dialect chiefly Britain : a narrow ridge of arable land : a ridge between furrows

5. : a least part : least bit

a boat … with every stitch of canvas set — Benjamin Disraeli

refused to do a stitch of work

specifically : the least bit of clothing

left without a dry stitch on his back

6. : a single loop of thread or yarn around a knitting needle, crochet hook, or other implement forming one of a series of links in knitted, crocheted, netted, or lace fabric

drop a stitch


a. : a stitch or series of stitches formed in a particular manner often for a particular purpose (as basting, buttonholing) ; also : a decorative pattern formed by a stitch (as a French knot) or series of stitches (as satin stitch) worked with a needle or hook through or on cloth or over canvas

b. : a method of fastening leaves (as of pamphlets) with thread or cord drawn by hand or machine through previously pierced holes or with wire staples — usually used with a qualifier; see double stitch , saddle stitch , side stitch

Synonyms: see pain

- in stitches

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English stichen, from stiche, n.

transitive verb

1. obsolete : pierce , stab



(1) : to fasten, join, or close with or as if with stitches

stitched his team emblem onto his uniform

stitch the ends of the two strips together

many literary travelers have … stitched their impressions into skillful embroideries — Edward Sapir

— often used with up

stitch up the rip

(2) : to fasten together (signatures) by passing thread or wire through all the signatures at once — distinguished from sew

(3) : to unite by means of staples

stitch the flaps of a fiber box

b. : to make, mend, or decorate with or as if with stitches : sew

stitch a seam

: embroider

stitch a sampler

— often used with up

stitch up torn trousers

c. : to sew in a hasty manner — usually used with up

stitch up a dress to wear this evening

d. : to sew by first puncturing (as shoe leather) with an awl or needle by hand or by machine

3. dialect : to form (arable land) into ridges

4. : to form the outline of (a design) on metal by prick-punching through a design on paper fixed to the metal

5. : to strike or pierce at intervals in the manner of stitching

machine guns stitched the sides of buildings — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

intransitive verb

1. : to do needlework : sew

2. : to join something with wire stitches

3. : to move in and out in a stitchlike manner

III. noun

( -es )

Etymology: perhaps from Middle English sticche piece, from Old English stycce — more at stock

dialect England : a harvesting shock of about 12 sheaves

IV. noun

Etymology: perhaps from Middle English sticche piece

1. dialect England : distance 2c

2. dialect : a period of time

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